3M opens two new production facilities in Poland – Aerospace and Automotive.
The opening of these new 3M factories is a key step towards building a stronger Manufacturing footprint in Poland. The company, present in Poland for 20 years now, is currently running nine production plants - six of them are located in Wroclaw.
The opening ceremony of the new 3M facilities was held in the presence of Denise Rutherford, Vice President and General Manager 3M Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Division, Makoto Ishii, Vice President and General Manager 3M Automotive Division, Giuseppe Castaldi, Vice President Central and Eastern Europe, John Bowers, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Director CEE & MEA, and Xavier Douellou , Managing Director of 3M in Poland.
Xavier Douellou, Managing Director 3M in Poland.
New 3M facilities were inaugurated also in the presence of the Head of the Polish Parliament - Grzegorz Schetyna, Head of the Lower Silesia region - Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, President of Wrocław - Rafał Dutkiewicz, President of Polish Employers - Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency - Sławomir Majman and representatives of the Embassy of the United States.
“Poland/Russia/Turkey are our largest markets in Central and Eastern Europe and, in order to support our expected very strong future growth, we have decided to invest in local manufacturing operations in our own geography, to better serve the local markets and our Customers”, said Giuseppe Castaldi, Vice President CEE.
“To date, we have invested in Poland, about USD350 million. We do not want to slow down the pace, and we will only this year invest here another USD83 million. Our plan is to make Poland the key country for 3M, the country which will produce the majority of products exported to markets in Central and Eastern Europe”, adds John Bowers, Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain in CEE & MEA.
“2011 is a very special year for us as we are not only celebrating the 20th anniversary of 3M in Poland but also the 10th anniversary of 3M Manufacturing in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is playing a critical role into the overall growth of 3M in Poland. It also reflects our key values, which are based on customer collaboration combined with the imagination and the creativity of our employees and supported by the best technologies that we have into the company”, adds Xavier Douellou, Managing Director 3M in Poland.
One of the new 3M plants, manufacturing products for the aerospace industry, will produce films, adhesives and thermoset protective films. Clients of AAMD (Aerospace & Aircraft Maintenance Division) include companies such as Airbus, Bell and Boeing. Production at the plant in Wroclaw will be conducted and supervised with the use of the quality management system in the aerospace industry ISO 9000, AS 9100 (extended air quality standard). The second plant will focus on the production of components used in the construction of ceramic catalytic filters for diesel cars, trucks and buses. Catalytic converters and diesel filters must meet strict requirements for exhaust emission standards in force in the European Union. Technology that will be used in the Wrocław factory is protected by patented technology. In the technology material is formed in a dry process, based on the use of fibers, mostly ceramic and glass.